Was checking out a detecting page on Facebook, and noticed a photo of someone digging in what appeared to be a front yard. What caught my eye was that he was using a shovel. Now I know a great many of you use these trendy items, and that’s fine if you are relic hunting or detecting an overgrown area, but in someone’s front yard….?
Understand that I very much appreciate the shovel idea. I am 71, dealing with arthritis, neuropathy, as well as lower back pain, and not having to bend over so much would be a welcome change. Unfortunately I am primarily a coin hunter, and most of the sites I detect demand a lot of careful and deliberate digging, not to mention the outward appearance and impression I need to present. Being seen with a shovel, no matter how small, would probably not garner me a lot of respect.
I am also amazed at the cost of these short handled shovels. A few that I looked at were in the $100 range, and I couldn’t help thinking how many coins I would have to dig just to recoup that amount. Then again I guess it’s like any other pastime where cost is just an incidental compared to the pleasure one derives.
It wasn’t too long ago I thought I was moving on up to the big time when I went from a screwdriver to a Lesche digger, but I am now the ancient mariner. No shovel, no knee pads, no pinpointer, no GPS and no camera (and yes, believe it or not, I too used to walk a mile to school).
While I was writing this I remembered an old Western & Eastern cover photo from 1992 (photo by Pete Yavner), and remember getting chastised by other hunters because I was shown holding a shovel. I was accused of giving the pastime a black eye….I kid you not (never mind that Pete and I were hunting for a cache at an overgrown homesite at the request of a family). How laughable is that now….
JOHN WINTER’S INTERVIEW WITH NEIL OLIVER
Just read John Winter’s latest post “Neil Oliver – Scotland’s Roving Ambassador” and really enjoyed it. Given the recent dialogue I had with Lisa MacIntyre, Mr. Oliver adds additional hope that the battle between the archaeologist and detectorist might someday be a thing of the past. The interview is a shortened version of an article published in The Searcher in 2008. Hope you will take a moment to read it. It’s a good one.
LOOKING FOR USED DETECTORS OR ACCESSORIES?
An old friend suddenly appeared from out of the blue. Joe Grasso, an old friend from North Jersey contacted me to tell me about a new website he has. Joe describes it as follows …
“It specializes in the buying, selling & trading of used detecting gear. I started it purely out of frustration, after having a heck of a darned time trying to find an older 1021 CZ-3D. I signed up to auction sites, forums, etc., all to no avail. I finally tracked one down…after 3 months! Hopefully, this website will save this headache for other detectorists…and in the process, save them money, too. Buying used is smart, especially in this economy.”
“The website is currently 100% advertiser free, and I hope to keep it that way in the future. No spin, no brand proselytizing, and no manufacturer bias. This ‘business’ is purely a labor of love…an effort to make horse trading for other treasure hunters a bit easier, after becoming frustratred with my own buying, selling & trading through the years”.
I can personally relate to this, having just found an old 6000di Series2 hipmount….
You can check out Joe’s new website at TREASURECLASSIFIEDS.COM . Joe has been detecting now for almost 25 years, and is a damn good coin hunter…
RECENT HAPPENINGS COURTESY OF EDDY CURRENT
IMPORTANT UPDATES AND INFO FROM THE DIVA
Received a couple of Task Force updates from Allyson Cohen, a.k.a. the Detecting Diva, and suggest your check them out. The Cook County, Illinois situation is the most important at this time. We all need to take a few minutes and contact the folks there to express our concerns. You can find the contact information by going to Allyson’s WEBSITE. Thanks for the heads up Diva!
I am currently experiencing a lot of problems with my blog site, and hope you will bear with me…Not sure exactly what is wrong but I am trying to find a solution. Right now I am unable to load photos, center items, etc.
Thanks to Jessie Thompson for the above…